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Tony Hsieh 1973-2020

12 December 1973 – 27 November 2020

Tony Hsieh, Las Vegas Super-Businessman, Dies at Age 46

Tony Hsieh in 2009 And link to Creative Commons photo credit.

(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA)Las Vegas lost yet another brilliant-minded developer. A man with a vision that changed the local scene in Downtown, Las Vegas.

Born in Urbana, Illinois on 12 December 1973, Tony Hsieh died on 27 November 2020 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Just two weeks and one day from his 47th birthday.

The Las Vegas legendary super-businessman is said to have lost his life from complications of injuries sustained in a Connecticut housefire on 18 November 2020.

Like many sudden deaths of people dying before their time there has been a rush of speculation, sketchy and inaccurate reporting with changes occurring frequently.

We need to wait awhile and allow the family time for healing and privacy. It may be sometime before we have the full, accurate detail of what really happened to Tony Hsieh to take him at such a young age.

Then we will learn the full story.

There are many news reports of the tragedy one can find by simple searches.

There is a lot to learn about Hsieh’s life. Just when he was retiring from Zappos, a company he was CEO at for 21 years, his life was cut short.

Zappos online shoe and clothing company, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, was sold to Amazon in 2009 for over one-billion dollars.

Hsieh stayed on as CEO until on 24 August 2020 when he abruptly retired.

Zappos moved from nearby Henderson, Nevada to Downtown Las Vegas moving into the former Las Vegas City Hall when city officials vacated it after building the new City Hall at 495 South Main Street, Las Vegas.

Smoke inhalation and complications from injuries from the housefire on 18 November 2020 is said to have taken his life. It is said he died peacefully, with his family at his side.

It is always tragic when family loses a loved one, especially during the Christmas season.

I lost nearly my entire family during the Christmas season or near then, and no matter how much time passes there is always memories and moments of missing all those who have since gone.

We pray for Tony Hsieh and his family.

Take a few moments and search the history of this young man who began brilliant financial and business moves from a young age and follow his life to the end.

He was founder and developer of the Downtown Project, a Las Vegas redevelopment and startup company.

Tony Hsieh had just moved to Park City, Utah before the tragedy occurred. He traveled with his brother to Connecticut to visit.

Downtown Las Vegas and the Vegas Valley will mourn and remember Tony Hsieh for a long time to come.

September 2016 Issue Downtown Zen (DTZen). photo of magazine cover by Cliff Harrison Photography.

News & Research Links About the Life & Death of Tony Hsieh

USA TODAY

Patch (New London, Connecticut, online Newspaper) House Fire Story

Patch Reporting Hsieh’s Death

13 KTNV Las Vegas: Cause of Death, Scanner, and Fremont Street Experience Honoring Tony Hsieh

13 KTNV Las Vegas News of Tony Hsieh’s Death

13 KTNV Las Vegas Nevada Leaders on Tony Hsieh’s Death

Tony Hsieh, Wikipedia

Zappos Via Amazon

Zappos, Wikipedia

Zappos’ Building, the Former Las Vegas City Hall

The New Las Vegas City Hall

Nick Swinmurn, Co-Founder of Zappos


Vegas Crime and Why It Is Important to Contain

Vegas is not a mill town. Vegas is not a factory town. Nor is it a shipping port or any production of normal manufacturing or services that many American communities have.

Vegas is a tourist town.

When crime rises to the level tourists are scared off and afraid of coming to a tourist town because of the high crime the entire community suffers.

Casinos or more correctly gaming, is the central industry of Las Vegas. Entertainment is another label that identifies the productivity of Vegas Valley.

That means, resorts, hospitality or hotel business and restaurants and all the attractions that feed off the tourism crowds are what pumps the Vegas Valley economy.

The golf courses, the boating and swimming activities in the area lakes, roller-coasters and thrill rides, helicopter and plane rides, airline passenger service bringing people in and out of Vegas, taxi, limousine, and shuttle-bus services, construction and supplies, all generate revenue.

All of these are supported by businesses that feed off the workers, hundreds of thousands of workers, in these industries. The car business, the real estate business and stockbrokers, insurance companies, finance companies, government services, education, the grocery stores, and retail stores. Trucking. Warehousing. Consumer exchanges.

There is the military, nearby Nellis Air Force Base, hospitals, medical health industry, and the lists goes on.

When crime is high, the entire society suffers. Crime cannot be tolerated or sustained. If it is, Vegas will surely die a premature death without maturing to the fruitful productivity of the industries that were designed to succeed.

The multi-billion-dollar casino business is fragile to crime and discouraging things like pandemics.

Businesses foster businesses. Productivity means paychecks and money in people’s pockets. Money to spend. Livelihoods to be earned. That must be protected at all costs.


Too Big to Survive

Las Vegas Casinos in Intensive Care on Life Support

The leftist-supporting casino executives may have shot themselves, not in the foot, but in the head. Brian Greenspun, the leader of leftist media in Las Vegas has spun out multiples of anti-Trump publications and he singly may have doomed the town with his leftist Marxist rhetoric.

Of course, the communist-like Governor Steve Sisolak, a longtime Clark County Commissioner who failed to curb the escalation of human trafficking, marketing of illegal escort services, fronts for prostitution, growth of illegal invaders populating the town and multiple other criminal activities in the Vegas Valley is allied with Brian Greenspun, kingsh*t CEO, Publisher and Editor of Greenspun Media Group.

Between the two, it is safe to say, Las Vegas will fall not to a recession, but a full-blown depression unlike any it has ever seen in its history.

Jokers with a pair of dice in their hands.

But people will not only keep doing business with these two jokers in the stacked deck, they will also keep supporting them until the dealing is done and there isn’t any more options left for a town that will soon be dying.

Some of the most well-known, notorious casino magnates, top executives and years-long leading managers, CEOs and chairmen have already bailed out, or have been pushed out and moved on reaping multi-million-dollar severance pays.

Steve Wynn, one of the most brilliant minds in developing the modern-day Vegas was removed from his throne over scandals. Rather the allegations against Wynn were true or not doesn’t matter, it was never a trial in a court of law, it was a trial in the media and by the powers that be. Whatever. The community lost one of the greatest masterminds in Vegas maneuverability.  A resort genius who developed some of prime, most profitable properties in the Vegas Valley.

Sheldon Adelson, Sands Resort tycoon says the casino group is up for sale, eyeing a six billion dollar price tag for the Venetian and Palazzo. Adelson, a Trump supporter, and the family head of the most recent owners of the Las Vegas Review Journal maybe bailing out while the bailing is good.

Many other Vegas Valley properties not mentioned in this post are downsizing, slowing down, limiting operations, laying off, closing or changing hands, too. That’s a big tell even a bad gambler can read.

The Review Journal, by the way, ironically, delivers the Greenspun group’s Las Vegas Sun print newspaper.

Jim Murren, longtime MGM’s top executive stepped down earlier this year.

He recently put his mansion on the market for 10.5 million dollars. Murren is another anti-Trump voicepiece who just a few days ago penned a “Vote for Biden” piece in the Greenspun Las Vegas Sun with an introduction by Brian Greenspun: Murren’s Column in the Las Vegas Sun

With Murren, Wynn and Adelson gone and many other longtime casino barons, recently gone from the Vegas scene, Vegas is in the hands of amateurs and the inexperience. It’s anyone’s guess where the numbers land from here on in. Like a pair of dice tossed across a crap table, the house can call, “Seven out, line away,” or “Pay the don’ts.”

When a few years ago, Vegas shifted from safe, paid-off multi-million-dollar casinos with little or no debt to heavily mortgaged, mega resorts financed with heavy-debt, multi-billion-dollar casinos the stakes increased. The risks magnified.

The house went all in with a pair of duces against the hand of nature’s economics sequental royal flush.

In the heyday of Vegas there was no such thing as a day dark or when a casino was shut down and none were operating. The only time I recall in Vegas Valley history, except for recently, where the casinos on the Strip turned out the lights and went dark was when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963.

Then there were lights out for Earth Day, but the casinos were open and operating, nevertheless.

Despite some record-breaking visitor totals in recent months, Las Vegas Strip casinos are not only hurting, but they are also on life support. The blame? Covid 19 Virus.

But there is more to it than Covid 19, much more.

The left has set the mood for massive violence in the country and the Las Vegas Strip has not been immune. The Strip has seen an escalation in crime and violence that has hit right in the heart of the Vegas Valley cash cow.

Visitors and tourists are not going to risk their lives or their families in a town where what happens here, doesn’t stay here any more. Violence drives any conscious human being away to safer destinations.

Greenspun is a lefty anti-Trump mouthpiece that just last week published the Las Vegas Weekly with a cover, that mocks President Trump and yields huge headlines, END THIS CHAOS. Vote.

This week’s edition talks about a divided nation and blames President Trump.

The division of this nation began with Obama and Joe Biden before Trump ever took office and continued every second by the forces of the left until this very moment.

Publications like Greenspun and his media group’s are the epitome of chaos.

Chaos has spilled over in multiple Las Vegas casinos recently, downtown and on the Strip.

Not only fist fights, gang brawls, but gun play and knives being involved, too. It will get worst. Much worst.

The Wynn property was a recent victim of violence and so were several Strip properties, like Paris.

The leftist politicians, across the nation, have repeatedly called for violence against Trump supporters and right-wing Americans with no limitation on that violence.

I am not going to discuss the BLM and Antifa violence that has raged across America, fully with left-wing support and endorsement, you all know where that leads. You all know what it is all about. It is perfectly okay to riot, to burn down innocent people’s businesses and to injure and kill people. To destroy public and private property. To disobey police orders, to resist, to revolt, to…. create chaos.

The chaos Brian Greenspun’s lefty rags blame on Trump was started by the leftwing comrades long before Trump came on the scene.

Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and many other leftwing politicians led the movement of that chaos.

The Vegas Valley felt the crushing blows of that chaos in the Obama-Biden Great Recession that were blamed on Bush.

You reap what you sow. You get what you ask for.

And yet, they call Trump the divider, the hater.

But what are you going to do when it lands back on your own lap and your own business gets burned down? Cry for the police you so wantonly condemned and wanted to defund?

Sisolak Big Shot governor now, issues multiple executive orders, and not only closed down businesses directly causing many of them to fold, issued social distances, mandatory wearing personal protection equipment but failing to provide any legal penalties for people who fail to comply. “Resistors.”

All the time people are invading my safe space, and yet short of shooting them in the head to get them to comply they stand there aggressively telling me to go F myself.

Sisolak failed to provide mandatory felony prison sentences for those big tough guys that like to bully elders who wouldn’t give one damn putting them in a body bag should they get too damn brave and aggressive.

The blame lays squarely with Sisolak a big bad-ass bully wannabe politician. The recall efforts against him continue, but it is unlikely any will succeed.

Issuing executive orders for laws without penalties like the state or federal legislators would do is akin to giving nuts to a squirrel with no teeth.

I project the Vegas Valley will be in a full-blown depression within two years. Many of the kingpin casinos will collapse and be sold for pennies on the dollar. The day of the casino group and the mega resort will be over. The heyday of Vegas Valley long gone by.

Many area businesses will follow suit, including the big time publishers.

Tens of thousands of people will be out of work.

Greenspun will be a has-been media group. And so will many others. When the advertising source dies, so will the publications that were sustained by them.

People will flee from Vegas in busloads and truckloads. Moving vans will be seen in convoys stretching across America’s highways and expressways.

Market-values of property will decline. The stock market will dive

Hope and change will turn to despair and discouragement. Regrets, too.

Banks will close.

Suicide, divorce, bankruptcy, domestic violence and crime will be at an all-time high.

Crime will escalate to levels far beyond the 2010 level when Las Vegas neighborhoods took #3, #4 and #8 most dangerous neighborhoods in America according to the FBI.

Las Vegas used to be a place where cheating got you taken to a back room and your knees broken. Now, the left seems to not only condone cheating, but embraces it.

It will all come back around, sooner or later. Karma. Wait for it!

You played it, you own it.

MGM Resorts is closing a lot of properties or thinking about it. Properties are for sale. Sands, is up for sale. Wynn is down 80% from last year. Losing money at that rate, even the best of the properties cannot sustain for long. Tropicana laid off dozens of workers. Many casinos that were closed because of Sisolak’s executive orders, then reopened, are closing again. Many venues inside those casinos that are open are closed.

Several new properties recently opened after large construction. New properties opening while older, well-established properties are closing is ironic even for a seasoned investor to grasp. It remains to be seen how they will fair. People will come to see the new properties, but will they come back again to sustain them?

The way I see it, the big-time, long-time boys that made Vegas what it is today are cashing in and getting on a jet plane for the fastest way out of town. That ought to be a tell even a blind man could read.

Flip a coin, toss the dice. Do whatever you want to do, but whatever you do, don’t blame Trump because he had nothing to do with what’s coming for the future here in the Vegas Valley.

You reap what you sow and you live with it.

Look both ways crossing the streets, even if it is a one-way.

Until next time. ~Cliff


Happy New Year 2020

Out with the old, in with the new.

The Irish tradition, for New Years, open the front door and open the back door. In with the new and out with the old. Sounds good to me.

What a gorgeous day to end the year with in Vegas.

We end the year. Not as successful as we would have liked, but far more successful than a number of people had. The holidays in Vegas have led to many tragic traffic accidents from Thanksgiving to Christmas and continuing through New Years.

This new year’s 2020 fireworks are being reported as being the most expensive and most technical than any year in the Vegas Valley history. (And indeed it was. Absolutely spectacular!)


Amber Alert 4 Feb 2017

Amber Alert 22:00 hours lic/ 1 YURI (NEVADA) 2012 RED NISSAN FRONTIER


Blazing Heat Wave Inflicts Vegas Valley

Wildfire In California

Wildfire In California

LAS VEGAS—Torrid three-digit temperatures scorches the West. Wildfires dangerously spread across western states and engulfs dry areas threatening large numbers of homes, wildlife and natural habitat. It’s way too early for this kind of heat. It’s only spring. We are being engulfed by the flamethrower of nature, unrelenting heat. Shortly after 1:00 AM this morning, the National Weather Service issued an urgent weather message proclaiming Excessive Heat Warning for Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, the Mojave Desert and a wide area of the West, including Arizona.

We are being set ablaze with July-August, summer-like temperatures, not May-June spring climate.

A bummer for Las Vegas tourists and locals alike. It’s a party town and tourists who come from cooler weather are going to be toasted to something other than drinks. To be outside in Vegas in this extreme climate, walking around and exerting energy while sightseeing and adventure seeking could spell disaster if precautions aren’t taken.

I know this sounds counter productive, but if you insist on drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages while outside or going outside in this extreme heat, then drink at least 12-16 ounces of cold water for every alcoholic drink you consume. The same for at least every 2-3 cups of caffeinated drink. Alcohol and caffeine dehydrates your body, while water replenishes those loses and hydrates your body. You need plenty of water to balance the forces of partying. Too, in these temperatures, water, or any liquid will get extremely hot fast. Test any fluids before giving to children or pets for suitable consumption temperatures. If available, use those small ice packs to keep beverages cold, or at least cooled. Foil will act as an insulator as well.

For well beyond a week, temperatures will climb to at least 112 degrees in the Vegas Valley and over 121 degrees in nearby Death Valley. Be aware these are air temperatures. Ground temperatures, that is the surface temperature of the infrastructure, street pavement, sidewalks, buildings and so forth, can be ten to fifteen degrees higher. Vehicle temperature or the inside temperature of any space with metal, glass or other material enclosed can reach well over 150 degrees, a fatal temperature. Such extreme temperature for anyone, even adults, left in vehicles without air condition can turn fatal in a hurry. Confusion and disorientation can set in and disturb normally thinking minds. Brain damage and stroke can quickly be inflicted. Machines, such as cars and air conditioning can fail and suffer mechanical problems, don’t risk leaving someone unattended.

OCEAN & GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS BE AWARE OF DEADLY “RIP CURRENTS.”
SUMMER SEASONS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT DRIVES US TO THE BEACH–HERE’S HOW TO SURVIVE:
HOW TO SURVIVE DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS
Educate me on RIP CURRENTS

Don’t over do it. Get inside, refresh, take breaks, drink plenty of water and stay alert. Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles, even momentarily. Keep your eye on your children constantly while near swimming pools. Sun strokes, heat exhaustion, heat-related health issues, be aware of signs of these health problems. If you suspect the signs, get help, quick. Every year we hear of the weather-related disasters, often fatal, that consume lives locally and around the nation. Stay alert.

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“Only you can prevent forest fires!” By Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council.

Every year thousands of acres and homes burn in the Western region of the United States. Dry periods and extreme heat are almost always a condition that will spark an inferno, rapid moving wildfires and consuming flames of property and nature. The spark that ignites these fires come from lightning as much-wanted rain comes, but unfortunately the rain comes with torches of lightning bolts that set forests ablaze. Careless campers failing to properly extinguish their campfires or carelessly starting one that shoots embers into dry forests with kindle-dry wood. Once a forest fire starts, it spreads rapidly, and if there is a high wind, it will likely burn out of control.

Travelers on expressways and roadways are at fault for many forest fires.
Accidents spark forest fires, too. The current California fire was started by a truck accident when electrical wires sparked a fire. Flicking a cigarette out a window along a dry highway is only asking for trouble. Careless smokers destroy thousands of acres and homes every year. All of these conditions are weather related and heat related. But commonsense and education can reduce the human and animal fatalities, injuries, loss of homes, businesses, buildings, domestic pets, and our natural resources, our forest and wildlife.

Careless Smoking & Careless Campfires Start Many Forest Fires

Careless Smoking & Careless Campfires Start Many Forest Fires

Be smart. Be safe. Think and be prepared to reduce the harm excessive heat can bring humans and animals. It all begins in your heart with a little bit of care and a whole lot of tender love for life and environment.

Rather you are visiting Vegas or the Western region, traveling along dry roadways, camping, hiking or spending your time outdoors in other adventures, use wisdom to make your life and the life of other’s pleasant and not remorseful.

It appears that we are in for a long, hot summer. Buses overheat. Schedules often run late. Transportation breaks down. Be prepared. Don’t get caught out in that extreme heat without protection. Sunscreen, long-sleeve shirts, sunhats, umbrellas, water, cooling fans, cell phones are all part of the self-defense arsenal, use them, keep them by your side while being inflicted by Nevada’s torrid heat.

Have fun, but stay cool as possible and stay safe.

A Wildfire

A Wildfire

Dancing Flames

Dancing Flames

Flames

Flames


The American Poolplayers Association Final Riviera Meet

The American Poolplayers Association (APA) finals saw its last event at the Riviera on 3 May 2015 held at the Top of the Riv, in the Penthouse. The APA has been holding their annual events at the Riviera for at least a decade and a half. Today at noon, the Riviera closed its doors for good. Future APA meets will be held at the Westgate (Formerly LVH and the Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road) which can be seen from Las Vegas Blvd or Riviera Blvd which runs along the north side of the Riv.


Riviera Closing, 4 May 2015 at high noon…

Riviera Closing, 4 May 2015 at high noon… One of the last Old-Vegas Strip casinos remaining, I can think of only two others Strip properties left, Tropicana which has been sold or is in the process of being sold, and is probably lined up for implosion as well, and the Flamingo, the third casino to open on the Strip and the oldest surviving casino today. Mafia money-spender, Bugsy Siegel in 1945, after acquiring the El Cortez, took control of the Flamingo, opening it the day after Christmas in 1946. There is plenty of history and writing on Siegel and his death, and only one needs just to take to research for their answers.

The Sunday, a Las Vegas Greenspun (Las Vegas Sun) publication reports the Riviera as being “the oldest operation casino on the Strip.” I don’t think so. Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo is a decade older. But they are the last of the Old-Vegas casinos in operation, the Tropicana on the Strip and the El Cortez downtown are also among the last.

The Riviera is expected to be imploded sometime this summer, conflicting reports claim June to August. They are killing Vegas, but then, who are we to complain about how “They” spend their money?

60 Years of Las Vegas history comes to an end at high noon tomorrow.

The American Poolplayers Association (APA) finals saw its last event at the Riviera on 3 May 2015 held at the Top of the Riv, in the Penhouse. The APA has been holding their annual events at the Riviera for at least a decade and a half. Today at noon, the Riviera closed its doors for good. Future APA meets will be held at the Westgate (Formerly LVH and the Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road) which can be seen from Las Vegas Blvd or Riviera Blvd which runs along the north side of the Riv.


Riviera Hotel & Casino Closing In Las Vegas, Nevada on 4 May 2015

Riviera closing today, 4 May 2015 at high noon.

Ironically, after the Riviera closing, two of the last three surviving Old-Vegas casinos outside the Fremont Street Experience, The El Cortez and the Flamingo, were slain mafia kingpin Bugsy Siegel’s innovations. Dozens of newer casinos have fallen to implosion.

After 27 years Crazy Girls comes to an end and goes dark permanently. Crazy Girls Topless Showgirl Revue was one of the leading adult attractions on the Strip for nearly three decades. Featuring some of the most studding showgirls in Vegas history with beauty, music, dance and comedy, their show goes on no more as the curtains to the Riviera close with its doors for the final time.

The Riviera was the main filming location (of 33) for the mob film “Casino” starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci based on the true Las Vegas story involving now imploded Stardust Hotel and Casino (which was still standing and in operation at the time of the movie’s filming and was located directly across the street from the Riviera. In the movie, the Stardust was portrayed as the teamster-funded Tangiers Casino.) and mafia life of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, his wife Geri McGee and mob enforcer Tony “The Ant” Spilotro.